I Don’t Necessarily Want My MTV Again, But a Revisit Wouldn’t Be So Bad

The IP was kickin’ it old skool on The MARTHA on the way home tonight, actually reading an actual old skool newspaper made from paper instead of one of those Kindle de-vices dat be all the mad rage of the lately.

Seriously, on each of his commutes, it seems that two-thirds of all the folks riding the train are glued to their “device;” But that’s OK, because reading is fundamental. More important, those de-vices have the option of a big font, and that could REALLY help The IP…but he digresses.

The IP read a review in said newspaper of a new book on the early history of MTV. He’s not going to buy the book, but it was fun to read about those early, often awful (but addictive) MTV videos. But what really got The IP thinking was when the reviewer noted a video that people in the business said was “the worst MTV video ever.” Usually, superlatives like that simply make a person come up with examples that could equal or surpass the claim, but, after watching it, The IP has to agree it’s at least in the top ten of worst MTV videos, and that’s good enough for him.

And the kicker is that the artist in the video went to the same high school as did The IP, and a close relative of The IP actually went to school with him! She told The IP OTHER THINGS about the guy (Class of ‘68), but he’ll let her explain that part in the comments if she wants.

So. Who is this dude responsible for performing in one of  “the worst MTV videos ever?” It’s none other than William Haislip Squier! You remember; BILLY SQUIER !!

It seems that Mr. Squier was in the right place at the wrong time when he started patronizing the Psychedelic Supermarket in Kenmore Square, meaning that he got to see and be inspired by Eric Clapton and Crème.

The above is an actual picture of the concert at The Psychedelic Supermarket that evidently inspired William Haislip Squier to strike (stroke?) out with his own band, The Pipers, and eventually solo in the 1980s.  The Pipers were said to be pretty cool.

Alas, what was to become Billy Squier was on the cusp of the 1980s, and that weird, big-hair culture seemed to sweep up all (including Billy) in its wake, hence his strange “dancing” on one of “the worst MTV videos ever!”

OK. It might be a bad video, but The IP is not gonna diss The Wellesley Squier. There’s something in his sound that evokes his Psychedelic Supermarket roots (maybe).

Rock On!

2 Responses to “I Don’t Necessarily Want My MTV Again, But a Revisit Wouldn’t Be So Bad”

  1. Kenneth Buttercup Says:

    Crème = Cream?
    The Pipers = Piper?

    Are you helping to expand the contextual search abilities of a popular search engine?

    Forward stroke.

  2. Kenneth Buttercup Says:

    That video hurt.

    I think BILLY or his manager incorrectly thought that HE was a big part of the appeal of the band, when it was only the music.

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